Maintaining your mental and physical health

Help and advice to keep you healthy
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During this period of uncertainty, we understand that some people may start to feel isolated or start struggling with their mental health.

Please visit our Wellbeing page for ideas and advice for maintaining your wellbeing during this difficult time. If you live with or care for someone living with dementia, we have a dedicated advice page for you too.

We’ve also found a number of online resources that can help you deal with isolation and help you maintain both your mental health and physical health during this time.

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Dealing with Isolation

The BBC spoke to a former submarine captain who gave five pieces of advice on dealing with social isolation.

Where possible, regularly speak to friends and family. This could be a simple phone call or even better, a video call. The BBC has a great step-by-step guide on how to video call your family.

If you, or someone you know is over 70 and feeling isolated, you can apply for/nominate them to receive a free radio courtesy of WaveLength, a charity founded to fight loneliness.

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Maintaining your mental health

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

Visit the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.

If you already have a mental health problem, then you may be finding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak particularly challenging. The advice above should help, but here are a few extra things that you may want to think about. This advice is part of comprehensive guidance provided by Mind.

If needed, Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123.

For older customers, the Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Independent Age also offer advice and support for older age.

There's also some useful links to advice for children and younger people on our supporting children and young people page.

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Maintaining your physical health

You can access free easy ten minute work outs from Public Health England or try other exercise videos at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has tips for keeping active at home.

The NHS have also set up a page full of gym-free workouts. This includes illustrated guides to make the workouts effective and easy to follow.

If you have kids, why not join hundreds of thousands of others taking part in PE with Joe. The Body Coach broadcasts a new class every weekday morning at 9am for 30 minutes and all previous classes are available for free on his youtube channel.

Finally, make the most of your one form of exercise a day. So where possible, go for a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

Wherever you choose to exercise, remember to be responsible and keep two metres apart from others at all times.